Addressing "you" (when the alternative is "you") is not only an emphatic respect. It’s also an emphatic distance between people. And since one person’s respect for another is usually the default and, with rare and obvious exceptions, not questionable, "you" is essentially not a respectful form, but a form of distancing and partial disregard, which in some cases can have the opposite of a respectful effect (yeah, and -10 to persuasion).
At first I had the idea of suggesting a new word ("you/tvas/tvam", for example) for use as respectful but not distancing address in cases where there are doubts about the correctness of the choice between "you" and "you". But in that case, "you" would become a form of disrespectful address and would quickly fall out of use, bringing everything back to normal as a result. That’s why I do The conclusion is the following: in all cases where the emphasis on distance between interlocutors is not required, feel free to use the word "you" and do not worry about it.. In fido, by the way, it was so, and did not cause any problems. And where there’s no respect, you can always manage to say "fuck you"…
And how they have ?
In English, "you" originally did not mean "you/you, " but the unambiguous "you." "Thou" sounded like "thou" in English, and is now considered famously dismissive (you can see examples of "thou" in the movie Clockwork Orange). It’s just that a long time ago England forcibly forbade (originally it was introduced in the army, and then it spread more widely) to address anyone as "thou", and they haven’t bothered since then.
About semantics and in general
In general, referring to one person in the plural is semantic nonsense. Unless, of course, you see each person not as a person but as a
array(‘person’) A community of people consisting of one person, which is even worse, because it has all the signs of schizophrenia.
"We-with" and "we-without"
Also in the Great and Powerful, it pisses me off to use one word "we" for the cases of "we with you" and "we without you"
and the word for the back of the knee. I guess you could try saying "cape" for the first case and "weeb" for the second, for fun: I wonder if people will get it or not … 🙂